We’re almost half way there! This week had one of my strongest long runs yet and left me feeling really positive about this training cycle.
Here’s the week breakdown:
Monday – 4 miles
I opted for shorter mileage today than planned. Just 4 miles, but my legs felt pretty good!
Tuesday – 7.09 miles + Cyclebar class
I split this 60 minute easy run in half with a cycling class in the middle. 30 minutes before. 50 minute cycling class at Cyclebar. 30 minutes after. I actually really liked this combination and it was a great way for me to get everything in.
Wednesday – 8.32 miles (speed workout)
I think this was the best speed workout I’ve had so far this training cycle!! It was the ladder – one of my favorites. 200m x 4, 400m x 2, 800m x 1, 1600m x 1, 800m x 1, 400m x 2, 200m x 4. Every single rep was sub 7 minute average pace except for the mile in the middle which we clocked at a 7:04. This was a tough speed workout, but I felt so strong. Running fast is fun. With warm up and cool down it was 8.32 miles.
Thursday – Hot Yoga AM + Cycle PM
Cross training day habit has become hot yoga in the morning and a cycling class in the evening at Studio Three. I love both of these types of classes and don’t like to choose, so I do both. They both help me in different ways and are a great compliment to my running.
Friday – Rest day
Added a rest day to Friday this week since I wanted some more rest. It helps me to be flexible with my schedule.
Saturday – 16 miles
Longest run since my marathon in April!! 16 miles with the girls at 8:06 average pace. I was surprised with how great I felt during this entire run. I love that we can chat and run 8 minute miles as a comfortable pace. Running with friends help the long runs go by quick and they push me to hold the pace. I was smiling all day after this run. I got back my confidence.
Sunday – Rest day
Still took my planned rest day because my body needed it. It’s okay to listen!
I felt confident throughout week 8. I felt more like myself. I was reminded of why I love marathon training so much. This week held my best speed workout and long run of the training cycle so far and I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks hold.
Week 8 – 35.40 miles